Missions Ministries
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The mission field is a vital area of the ministry of HZUMC.

We sponsor many missionaries and mission organizations in Zelienople and across the world, who all operate on the basis of the gifts given in their support and in support of the mission organizations with which they are affiliated.

Our goal is to provide financial support to each of our partner missionaries. If God leads you to help support this ministry, you can provide financial support through the Faith Promise envelopes that are included with your offering envelopes, or by sending donations to the church office at the address listed on our contact page, marked “Faith Promise” or “mission support”.

Other ways you can become involved include:

  • Choose specific missionaries or groups to pray for (see below for information to help pray for missionaries and their families)
  • Write regular letters
  • Send occasional care packages
  • Contact Wycliffe Bible Translators at wycliffe.org or the United Methodist Volunteers In Mission (VIM), MissionVIM@wpaumc.org.

Praying for our Missionary Families

In addition to financial support, our missionary families also need our prayer support. Specific and consistent prayer is essential for our missionaries. Your prayers make a difference, even if you do not hear about the results for a week or a month or until eternity. Be encouraged as you pray, knowing that your petitions are heard by God and are appreciated by missionaries around the world.

Many times missionary children are seen as attachments to their parents, but they may have a ministry all their own. Children and teens are a vital part of the kingdom, and we must not overlook their importance. It is through prayer that we touch lives.

Following are two charts to help you “pray through the week” for our missionary families and their children. Click here to see a list of our mission partners and contact information.

Praying for Missionaries
1. Pray for Open DoorsOpen doors can’t be taken for granted. Many missionaries work in restricted access countries, or areas which are resistant to the Gospel. Even where there are open doors, hearts may still not be open.

  • Pray that God will lead missionaries through barriers to find hearts prepared to receive His Word.
  • Pray that the Lord will open doors of ministry, blessing, partnership and friendship.
  • Pray that those who serve will be led by the Holy Spirit and recognize these opportunities.
2. Pray for Boldness in Witnessing

“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:19 NIV)

Why should be pray that missionaries will have boldness? They need it to:

  • Minister effectively in other cultures and languages.
  • Overcome the opposition of evil forces.
  • Overcome fear of embarrassment and fear of failure.
3. Pray that the Word of God will spread without hindrance“Finally, dear brothers and sisters, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes…” (2 Thessalonians 3:1 NIV)

Obstacles must be removed if the Word of God is to flow freely. Satan, who is determined to obstruct it, must be resisted (James 4:7). Just as Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ arms in the battle against the Amalekites (Exodus 17:12), you can support the weary arms of missionaries through your prayers. Remember that the struggle is against spiritual forces which can attack in any area (Ephesians 6:10-18).

4. Pray for Protection“Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, for not everyone believes in the Lord.” (2 Thessalonians 3:2 NLT)

  • Pray that God will kepp the Christian workers safe from those who might seek to harm them.
  • Pray that God will change the hearts of those who are resistant to His Word and those who share the gospel.
5. Pray that their ministry will be accepted by believers“Pray…that my service in Jerusalem will be acceptable to the saints there.” (Romans 15:31 NIV)

Cooperation and partnership are essential to ministry and vital to the progress of the work. Pray that the missionary’s ministry and attitudes will be worthy of acceptance and that fellow colleagues and believers will be supportive.

6. Pray for God’s guidance and assistance in travel“Pray…so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy.” (Romans 15:32 NIV)

Many missionaries travel frequently and their mode of transportation varies. Traveling often involves stressful situations. Pray for the protection, provision, timing and permission needed by missionaries as they travel.

7. Pray for refreshment“Pray that…I together with you may be refreshed.” (Romans 15:32 NIV)

  • Pray that missionaries will seek and receive refreshment from the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray that they will be disciplined in and rewarded through the study of God’s Word and through faithful prayer.
  • Pray that they will experience rich, spiritual fellowship with other believers.

Excerpted from the pamphlet “Praying for Missionaries” by Wycliffe Bible Translators

 

Praying for Our Missionaries
Praying for our Missionary Kids
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  • Productive time in the Word and in prayer
  • Increased faith during crises
  • Increased understanding of God’s will
Spiritual Life

  • Desire to Grow
  • Productive devotional and prayer time
  • Increased knowledge of Christ
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Team Relationships

  • Open lines of communication
  • Christ-like conflict resolution
  • Wise decision making
Values

  • Development of self-esteem and integrity
  • Ability to positively influence peers
  • Wisdom in making choices
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  • Contact with extended family
  • Quality time with immediate family
Family

  • Unity and quality time
  • Connection with the ministry
  • Stability even in separation
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National Church

  • Productive involvement with leaders and members
  • Unity in purpose and direction
  • Increased spiritual maturity
Temptation

  • Recognition of sin
  • Power to resist temptation
  • Repentance when in error
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Ministry

  • Heightened cultural understanding
  • Fruitful relationships
  • Servant attitude
Education

  • Productive study time
  • Good rapport with fellow students
  • Adjustment for those in boarding situations
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  • Encouragement from fellow believers
  • Fellowship with team members and family
  • Sense of humor and contentment in all situations
Safety

  • Increased faith in God’s protection
  • Health
  • Patience during times of sickness or injury
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  • Daily health and safety
  • Proper nutrition, exercise and rest
  • Financial and prayer support
Deputation

  • Adjustment to new surroundings
  • Ability to make friends quickly
  • Boldness in sharing their faith

Portions adapted from OMF International “How to Pray for MKs” by Dr. Will Bruce

 

HZUMC Fertile Soil Growth Fund

The “Fertile Soil Growth Fund” was established with the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania in December, 2000, as a permanent endowment fund for HZUMC. The purpose of the “Fertile Soil Growth Fund” is twofold:

To encourage teams of all ages from HZUMC to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19) through short-term mission trips.
To provide camperships to help teenagers attend outreach and discipleship retreats and camps

The name for the fund comes from Luke 8:1-15, Jesus’ parable of the Sower…”A farmer went out to sow his seed…some of the seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop a hundred times more than was sown.” (Luke 8:8)

The “Fertile Soil Growth Fund” wants to invest in the lives of people so they might be disciples of Jesus Christ and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

THE ENDOWMENT FUND
According to Webster, to endow means to present with a quality, trait or power to gift. In Luke 24:29, as Christ prepares for His ascension, He says, “I send the promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on High.” The Greek word for endow used in this text is enduo which means to invest with clothing (figuratively) or to clothe with power. An endowment fund is money invested to clothe with power or empower the completion of the stated mission of the fund.

MISSION STATEMENT
The “Fertile Soil Growth Fund” seeks to bring glory and honor to God by growing His Kingdom through the wise investment of designated gift funds. The “Fund” shall provide “seed money” to encourage teams from HZUMC to serve on short-term missions. Additionally as part of the “FSGF”, the Charles Shipton Memorial Fund will be used to grow teenage servant hearts through camperships for outreach and discipleship retreats.

WHO IS MANAGING THE FUND?
The United Methodist Foundation is a non-profit corporation related by religious heritage to the Western Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. It was created to serve the people of the congregations of the W. PA Conference as they participate in the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ. As a source of consultation and education, the Foundation focuses on endowments and acts as the investment manager of the funds.

HOW AND WHEN WILL MONEY BE DISTRIBUTED?
The invested money (the principle and all gifts to the Fund) shall not be invaded but the earnings of the Fund will become the “seed” money and will be distributed semi-annually. The first distribution based upon the December, 2000, original investment is expected to begin June of 2002.

WHO WILL DETERMINE THE DISTRIBUTION?
A committee of five members appointed by and accountable to the HZUMC Administrative Leadership Team and composed of representatives of the leadership, Youth, Mission, Trustee teams and one member at large will have the responsibility of distributing the earnings.

MEMORIAL GIFTS
Gifts and memorials may be made to the “Fertile Soil Growth Fund” by sending a check to HZUMC-FSGF and designating who it is in honor or in memory of. Families will be notified of your generosity.